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Top 9 Epic 30 Day Challenges to Help Build Good Habits

30 Day Challenges. Do they work?

We’ve all developed our own habits, some good and some bad. Personally I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I somehow got into the habit of wearing sweatpants every day, staying home and binge eating shortbread by the tin, because honestly WHO CARES if I never leave the house and leave cookie crumbs in the bed??? (<—The maid.  I MEAN ME. I should.)

It can be overwhelming to think of all the things we want to change about our habits, and often we try to do so many things at once, nothing gets done and we feel even worse than we did before! It’s a cycle, it’s a vicious, horrific and freakish cycle and THANKS UNIVERSE it doesn’t have to be that way. Enter, the 30 day challenge.

Doing a 30 day challenge is a great way to build a new habit or get something done you’ve been meaning to for awhile.

Below I’ve listed 9 of the best 30 day challenges I could find online – most of them are free and a couple of them only cost $20 or less. That’s run-shouting-though-your neighbourhood-wearing-a-towel awesome, (then without-a-towel, because let’s face it you never really learned to wrap the towel up properly like those guys in movies with photoshopped abs who are perpetually getting out of the shower and wandering around checking their emails before getting dressed.)  Pick something you want to work on, a habit that will help you go to the beach and not feel like a beached whale, or create something you can be damn proud of, like a book, or a blog, (as long as it’s not another freaking batch of shortbread…)

This is only a short list, but it has magical powers – you can make it as long as you like. Matt Cutts (have you heard of GOOGLE then??) has been doing a challenge a month with varying degrees of success. You don’t have to be perfect with your challenges – just try to be consistent. It’s about slowly building habits that make a difference to the quality of your life – ’cause, um, it’s your LIFE. #yolo etc.

Here they are.

#1. Natalie Sisson 30 Day Blogging Challenge

If you’re growing a blog, chances are you are writing as a habit. The more good content you have on your blog, the longer people will stay and read it, the less likely it is that their eyes will glaze over and their fingers subconsciously type “cat memes” into the search bar. Natalie’s 30 day challenge will transform your writing habits and test what you think you’re capable of. At $20 there’s a huge amount of value here, so if you want to get into the habit of blogging daily, this is a great chance!

Haven’t started a blog yet? Check out my post on how to start a blog in just half an hour!

#2. Natalie Lussier 30 Day List Building Challenge

This is an (unbelievably) free resource for anyone growing their online following (which should really be all of us, right?) You’ll never feel like you’re flailing around like a zombie squid in a marinade, trying to get subscribers EVER again after doing this awesome course, which gives you a clear systematic approach to getting more email subscribers for your blog, ebook, podcast, moonwalking video series or whatever you’re up to.

#3. Green Smoothies 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

Green smoothies have been a pretty popular trend in the last few years, these ladies over at Simple Green Smoothies know their stuff and it shows! The truth is there are significant health benefits associated with smoothies and particularly sneaky and awesome is using them as a way to get your daily greens intake. Trust me, your green shake will bring all the boys to your yard (if that’s what you want.) Lots of people struggle to eat healthy food on a regular basis and the 30 day green smoothie challenge is a cracking way to get into the habit! (Other ways to get into the habit obviously include becoming a nun or saying “have it” while nasally congested. <–sorry.)

#4. Fizzle 30 Day Just Ship It Challenge

Fizzle is a membership site for entrepreneurs, creatives and people making great stuff online. This 30 day challenge is awesome because you don’t even have to be a member of Fizzle to do it (although it’s only $1 to check it out, so you might as well.) Once you join up there are a bunch of other cool 30 day challenges to keep you on your toes. The Fizzle ‘Just Ship It’ challenge is great because it forces you to get something done in 30 days and get it out in front of people, when you’d normally just faff around tweaking things that don’t want to  be tweaked (is this the right purple? Am I going too far using an exclamation point here?!) or chicken out at the last minute because you don’t have a good enough selfie to put on the About Us page. Just Ship It. Ship it good.

#5. 30 Day Ab Challenge

This one is more basic than some of the others, and it’s pretty self explanatory too. Want abs? (<— pff who doesn’t, I’d take a six pack over a keg anyday, amaright) This challenge is free, and you’re only accountable to yourself for checking in every day. It will build your muscles – but that’s not all there is to abs. You might want to combine it with some good eating…keep reading.

#6. 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Anyone who hasn’t heard of Paleo yet must be living under a rock. (Was that a pun? I don’t even know.) There’s a huge craze for it over the last couple of years and people have got some awesome results. Want to lose weight, look and feel great and have way more energy? Stop eating sugar and flour (goddamn you pretzels) – I mean,  give Paleo a try.

#7. 30 Day Yoga Challenge

Everyone knows what yoga is and most people have given it a go once or twice. I have started doing it in the mornings and it sets my body up for the day really well. If you’re not doing any exercise and know you should be, or if you need to start slowly, this course is great for beginners to get into the habit of stretching daily. You might pull something in the first few weeks – THAT’S OK. (<– no need to freak out and swear yoga off forever. It’s pretty much what happens when your body starts moving again after weeks sitting on your ass in a chair while you try to figure out why your wordpress plugins don’t like each other.)

#8. NaNoWriMo Write a novel in a month

Every year in November, there’s the opportunity to do NaNoWriMo, which is when a group of people go mental to write a whole novel in the month of November. I’ve seen it first hand and sometimes, it’s not pretty. If you think you’re up for it, hell – go for it!

#9. Write your own 30 day challenge

What do you struggle with? What do you want to learn? If you’re talented at something, make your own challenge and share it with other people who might be interested in doing it.

 

 

Introducing: The LIFT app.

This app is awesome because you can set what you want to do and track it. I highly recommend it and if you don’t believe me, believe Tim Ferriss.

 

 

 

Learning new habits are optional – but they’re kind of not, too.

Learning, growing and developing yourself is a part of life. If you have goals, you need to build your skills and habits to support yourself to reach them. Make a list of the things you want to achieve and take them on one at a time.

You don’t have to do these particular challenges, you could do any them on your own. But you’ve been doing things on your own so far – how’s that been going? Maybe introducing a support network and clear pathway will be quicker and easier. If you do want to do them on your own, try Lift App. If you think you’d do better with a bit of a system in place, by all means, try one of the above.

 

Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo’ Dat” Excuse.

You might think you don’t have time, but all of these challenges will test your time management skills, and you’ll realize that in fact you DO have time. You just have to make it a priority. A task will expand to fill the time allotted to it – so don’t allot more than you need.

Stopping when you said you would is just as important as starting when you said you would start.

 

Got any other 30 day challenges? What habits do you want to get into? What habits are you ashamed of that you’ve got now? Let’s all do the walk of shame in the comments…(not the one you did last Saturday, another kind.)

 

 

 




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